• Air Flights

    Major airlines fly into Cape Town and Johannesburg on a daily basis. You won’t get cheaper fares by booking them in Southern Africa so you may as well book them from wherever you are/live.
  • Baz Bus Hop on Hop off

    The Baz Bus is a hop-on, hop-off backpackers bus in South Africa. It’s an easy way to get from A to B and a fun way to meet other travellers. They drop you at your backpacking hostel door.
  • Buy back Car Companies

    Buy a car here for your journey through Southern Africa and save up to 60% in rental fees!
  • Car Hire South Africa

    There are a number of cheap car hire operators in South Africa. All of the cities in South Africa have car hire branches.
  • Long distance trains

    Southern Africa does not have a great railroad infrastructure so travelling by train is fairly restrictive (but fun nonetheless).
  • Minibus taxis

    Without doubt, the cheapest way to travel is to use local black transport systems or “minibus taxis”. They require nerves of steel but are definitely the most efficient way to get around pretty much anywhere in South Africa.

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Long Distance Buses

There are a number of long distance buses including Translux, Intercape, Greyhound and the Baz Bus (which is the only real backpacker bus).


  • Mainliner bus services

    These are usually air-conditioned “luxury buses” which have on-board toilets and a hostess who occasionally offers you a sugary drink or blanket. “Chicken (pack ‘em and stack ‘em) busses” are cheaper, less spacious, more crowded, more likely to be fun (if you have a sense of humour) and more likely to break down. In some areas they may be the only bus service and are unlikely to have a strict timetable.
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Cat and Moose Backpackers
The Cape Town backpackers which is located at the top end of Long Street, next to the Long Street Baths and all the action.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Bushpackers and Campsite
This Hazyview backpackers offers bushwalking, safari-ing, braaing or just hanging out at the pool.

Enjoy simple living...
(Hogsback,Eastern Cape Inland and the Karoo)

Lebo's Soweto Bicycle Tours
See Soweto the eco-friendly, local way.
(Oribi Gorge,Johannesburg)

Daytrippers offers a wonderful way to explore the Cape peninsula and winelands by bicycle.
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Neptune Lodge and Beach Bar
This beachfront backpackers lodge in Inhambane is ideally located to enjoy Barra's pristine beach and clear waters, local cuisine, reef diving, snorkelling and trips to Pansy Island.
(Inhambane and Tofo,Mozambique)

Wuyani Pariango Beach Motel
Wuyani Pariango is is a new hostel in the heart of Tofo, close to the beach, market and public transport.
(Inhambane and Tofo,Mozambique)

African Story Wine Tours
Daytrips to the Winelands
(Cape Town City Centre,Cape Town)

Bulembu Lodge
A backpackers in mountains of Swaziland.
(Northern Swaziland,South Coast)

Pub Crawl South Africa
A safe way to get around Jo'burgs night time hotspots.